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    I'm forwarding a recent news item, because of the huge promise it offers for sound lovers.

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    Sorry, I didn't remember to paste the actual news item at the last second, and there's apparently no "edit" button for this. DJ.

    (From the Physorg science news site.)

    > January 18, 2013 by Pat Leonard
    > World's largest natural sound archive now online
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    > The world's largest natural sound library, which is now
    > online, includes sounds from 9,000 species, including the
    > great-horned owl. Credit: Ruth Baker
    >
    >
    >
    > "In terms of speed and the breadth of material now
    > accessible to anyone in the world, this is really
    > revolutionary," said audio curator Greg Budney. All archived
    > analog recordings in the collection, going back to 1929,
    > have and can be heard for free online.
    >
    > "This is one of the greatest research and conservation
    > resources at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology," said Budney.
    > The collection contains nearly 150,000 digital audio
    > recordings equaling more than 10 terabytes of data with a
    > total run time of 7,513 hours. About 9,000 species are
    > represented. There's an emphasis on birds, but the
    > collection also includes sounds of whales, elephants, frogs,
    > primates and more.
    >
    Gerrit Vyn, is a multimedia producer on Cornell's Lab of
    > Ornithology staff, recording natural sounds in Alaska.
    > Credit: Mike Anderson
    > "Our audio collection is the largest and the oldest in the
    > world," explained Macaulay Library Director Mike Webster.
    > "Now, it's also the most accessible. We're working to
    > improve search functions and create tools people can use to
    > collect recordings and upload them directly to the archive.
    > Our goal is to make the Macaulay Library as useful as
    > possible for the broadest audience possible."
    >
    > The recordings are used by researchers studying many
    > questions, as well as by birders trying to fine-tune their
    > sound identity skills. The recordings are also used in
    > museum exhibits, movies and commercial products such as
    > smartphone apps.
    >
    > "Now ... the archival team is focusing on new material from
    > amateur and professional recordists from around the world to
    > really, truly build the collection," Budney said. "Plus,
    > it's just plain fun to listen to these sounds. Have you
    > heard the sound of a walrus underwater? It's an amazing
    > sound."
    >
    > The library of natural sounds includes, for example:
    >
    > * a 1929 recording by Cornell Lab founder Arthur Allen of a
    > song sparrow: http://bit.ly/V6ZFMG;
    > * an ostrich chick still inside its egg:
    > http://bit.ly/XbaKqT;
    > * a dawn chorus in tropical Queensland, Australia, bursting
    > with warbles, squeals, whistles, booms and hoots:
    > http://bit.ly/VI2EJV;
    > * the sound of a lemur with a voice that is part moan, part
    > jazz clarinet: http://bit.ly/VYo8l4;
    > * the haunting voice of a common loon on an Adirondacks
    > lake: http://bit.ly/13ztiY7;
    > * the UFO-like call of a bird-of-paradise called the curl-
    > crested manucode in New Guinea: http://bit.ly/Xbb1Ko; and
    > * the staccato hammering sounds of a walrus under water:
    > http://bit.ly/13zpLbi.

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